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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Problems using Doppler and our feeds?

Something to be aware of, if you use Doppler with a FeedBurner created RSS feed.

I have had several Doppler users email me recently that they were unable to access my feed for Career-Op. I thought perhaps there were some errors in the RSS, and their were some minor ones, but after installing Doppler here and seeing the error logs, it appeared to be something much worse. After a bit of tinkering, I have found the problem and reported it to FeedBurner.

If you have "Feed item link clicks (clickthrough tracking)" turned on in your FB feed, it re-writes the link URLs to something like This allows them to collect clickthroughs on each post.

Unfortunately. Doppler sees this URL as an error and refuses to download any items.

Turning off this feature, restores their ability to receive the files, though. I am disabling it in all my FB feeds until the issue is resolved. You can find this option by clicking on the Standard Stats button along the left side of your "Analyze" page on FeedBurner.

Just a heads up in case you were being denied your regular dose of Career Opportunities and didn't know why? (SMILE)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Career-Op mentioned in Security Ripcord

I saw through my Technorati links today that a recent Career-Op podcast (Say what you mean and mean what you say, April 21, 2006) was mentioned in Security Ripcord.

There you will find a great essay on ethics, something I seem to write about a lot here at Career Opportunities. Check it out!

Ethics, In Podcasts and Blogs

There has been a lot of talk about Ethics lately in several Podcasts and blogs. Paul, Larry, and “Twitchy” have really pushed it to the forefront in their show Security Weekly where they have addressed Wireless Piggybacking (Special Edition - Open Show) and teachers assigning social engineering projects for their students (Episode 24). Michael Santarcangelo has just talked to Randal L. Schwartz on his show The Security Catalyst (Episode 26) about his experience with the law and how it has affected his life. Mark Russinovich has informed us of his company’s dealings with Best Buy and how they handle licensed software. Douglas E. Welch, of Career Opportunities, recently talked about being truthful and straight forward in the work place and life (April 21 edition). And, as a member of the SANS Advisory Board and Ethics Council, I have been exposed to several situations regarding ethics.

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Zoom in - April 28, 2006

Over the years I have written several columns encouraging you to step back and try to get a bigger picture of your work and your career. While this is still good advice, reversing this concept can also be useful. There are times when you need to zoom in on your work and inspect the minutia that are often ignored. Not only will this intense focus yield its own reward, it will also help you to gain a deeper understanding of the big picture. [Continue Reading]

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Join Douglas' LinkedIn Network

I am not a big fan of the business or social networking tools available on the web, but I recently got involved in the LinkedIn community. If you would like to join my network, send an invite to

Please let me know that you are a reader or listener of Career Opportunties, so I can immediately add you the network.

Be Well! -- Douglas

What I'm Reading...TurboCoach

TurboCoach: A Powerful System for Achieving Breakthrough Career Success

Work through your career, step-by-step

Link: Previous mentions of books

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Nice letter from a reader!

I received a nice letter from a reader regarding a recent column, "Mean what you say and say what you mean."

It is always great to hear from readers and listeners, especially with such nice things to say. Thanks again, Cil!

What an excellent article! Kudos to Douglas E. Welch for his sage advice!

I am so impressed with the article's message that I was wondering if you'd be agreeable to allow my organization to publish this article in our newsletter. All appropriate credits will be given to your magazine and Mr. Welch.

Please advise. Thanks!

Cil Pleman,
Dept of the Navy
(Civilan HR)
San Diego CA

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Crisis Computing - from the archives

There is an old saying about the ability to "keep one's head when all about are losing theirs." While this saying was forged in war, it applies quite well to the success of a high-tech career. You will often face clients and co-workers who don't always keep their heads in a crisis. Worse still, they can spread their sense of panic to yourself and others, which is a sure fire way to keep from focusing on finding a solution to the problem. [Continue Reading]

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Say what you mean and mean what you say

What do you do when the boss asks you whether a project will be completed on-time? How about when they ask you what you think about a particular project or idea? If you are like most people, you might prevaricate, hem and haw, even outright lie – anything to keep you out of hot water. It is a natural human trait, but one that has corrosive effects on business and relationships in general. We might think that we are protecting ourselves, or protecting the other person from some hard truths, but instead we are only setting ourselves up for eventual conflict and maybe even failure. If you want to have an effective and successful high-tech career, you need to say what you mean and mean what you say. [Continue Reading]

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Interview with Rick Gundzik, President of Pacific Residential Financing

This is the forth in our on-going interview series, talking with high-tech workers of all types.

Today's guest is Rick Gundzik, President of Pacific Residential Financing of Brea, California.

Rick is not only the owner of his company, but also the driving force for using technology to build his business. We talk about how he uses technology to serve his customers, how his employees adapt and use technology and how he gets it all working.

Link: Listen to Interview #3 with Denise Welch of Computerworks, Inc.
Link: Listen to Interview #2 with Kevin Devin of In The Trenches: The Podcast for SysAdmins
Link: Listen to Interview #1 with David Jefferson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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Friday, April 14, 2006

Open your eyes and ears - April 14, 2006

If you have ever visited the wilderness after a long time in the city, you have probably noticed an interesting phenomenon. When you finally pull over and turn off your car, you are struck with an odd, almost overpowering sense of silence. This silence can seem so “loud” as to almost be palpable – something you can reach out and touch. After a short time, though, you start to notice that there are indeed sounds among the silence. You start to hear the buzz of hummingbird wings, the call of a scrub jay and even the sound of the breeze through the trees. [Continue Reading]

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Accidental Creative on Immersion and Creativity

I recently started listening to Accidental Creative a few days ago and have already heard some excellent podcasts from their backlist. An early show, entitled Immersion, offers up some great ideas for re-filling the creative well on a regular basis. One of the author's techniques is also mine....browsing the local bookstore every couple of days. You never know what ideas might be generated by exposing yourself to the words and pictures that abound there.

Additionally, for me, I find that my collection of RSS feeds tend to provide a similar function. They keep me in touch with the big picture of the world and spur me to make connections I might not make otherwise.

You can read the text of the Immersion podcast, or subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes.

I looking forward to lots of good thoughts and info from the Accidental Creative.

Link: Accidental Creative Web Site
Link: Accidental Creative Podcast in iTunes

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

FiT Chat - Virtual Machines Everywhere! - April 12th, 2006

On Sunday April 9th, some of the Friends in Tech (FiT) Members got together to talk about all the virtual machine technology news that as been floating around from everyone including Microsoft, VMware, and Apple.

Listen to the show!

Host: Lance Heath - Digital Experience Podcast

Douglas E. Welch - Career Opportunities
Victor Cajiao - Typical Mac User and Typical PC User
Larry Pesce - PaulDotCom Security Weekly
Kreg Steppe - Technorama and Valid Syntax

Link: Friends In Tech - Web Site and Forums

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Always thinking, always watching - from the archives

Due to the events of the last 12 months, business ethics, especially in high-tech have been on my mind quite a bit. We have seen ethical lapses approaching the level of those in 1929, but the effects of these lapses has gone far beyond those of the notorious stock market crash. As companies have become larger, the effect that they have on the economy, both good and bad, grows tremendously. Worse still, small lapses in ethics can grow exponentially. There is no telling the damage you might cause if you aren’t constantly vigilant of your ethics, especially when regarding your high-tech career. [Continue Reading]

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10 Stupid Mistakes Made by the Newly Self-Employed

Steve Pavlina offers up this excellent column on mistakes made by newly minuted entrepreneurs. There is some great advice in this piece including guidance on not putting on a fake front, going against your intuition (something I always preach) and being too formal.

Take a few minutes away with this article and you are sure to spend even more hours thinking about the knowledge contained within.

10 Stupid Mistakes Made by the Newly Self-Employed

Having been a non-employee for about 14 years now, I’ve made my share of stupid business mistakes.  I’ve also coached a number of people to start their own businesses, and I’ve seen many of them make similar mistakes.  This advice is geared towards small business owners, particularly people who are just starting (or about to start) their own business [Continues]

(Via Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog.)

Link: Steve Personal Development for Smart People

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook podcast and the LA Podcasters demonstrate, educate and congregate at the Brewery Artwalk...



Douglas E. Welch
The WelchWrite Company, Inc.

Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook podcast and the LA Podcasters demonstrate, educate and congregate at the Brewery Artwalk, April 22 and 23, 2006

Los Angeles, California, March 30, 2006 — Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook podcast will join with the LA Podcasters in presenting 2 days of podcast demonstrations and entertainment during the Brewery Artwalk near downtown Los Angeles. The Brewery Artwalk is a twice annual, open studio weekend at the world's largest art colony. A complete list of artists and more information is available at

Throughout both Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2006, a wide variety of LA Podcasters will be on hand to discuss podcasting, host informal podcasting seminars and record their podcasts live. Douglas E. Welch, writer and host of Career Opportunities will be available to answer questions about finding and listening to podcasts or even creating one of your own.

Career Opportunities is about to enter its 10th year as a weekly print column for ComputorEdge magazine in San Diego, California and the podcast version of Career Opportunities has passed its 150th episode. Podcasts are produced twice-weekly, and are available directly from the web site or via the iTunes Podcast Directory. You can find more information on the Career Opportunities web site at

LA Podcasters

The LA Podcasters is a regional group, featuring a wide variety of podcast genres and shows, that gathers to share podcasting tips, encourage the local podcasting scene and produce podcasting events. Their last major event was 2 complete days of podcasting, live, from the show floor of the Portable Media Expo and Podcast Conference in November 2005. You can find more information, and links to all member shows, on the LA Podcasters web site at

Friends in Tech

Career Opportunities is also a member of Friends in Tech ( Friends in Tech is an alliance of technology podcasters. Members are regular guests on other member’s podcasts, bringing their unique knowledge, talent and insights to a new audience of listeners. Members also join together to create exclusive content for the Friends In Tech website, including FiT Tips, a collection of short audio hints to help ease listener's computer life, Retro-FiT, a regular podcast review of all Friends In Tech podcasts and, on-going specials, creating a bit of light-hearted, technology-based, fun.

For additional information, Contact:

Douglas E. Welch
The WelchWrite Company, Inc.

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Usual Things - April 7, 2006

We all have parts of our job that we dislike. For me, this week has been a succession of re-installing Windows on crashed computers. As I write, the 5th machine is on the tech bench here in my office, slowly re-gathering its software brains. While I would much rather be helping my clients make the most of their computers, the computers have to be functioning first. So I sit and stare at slowly moving thermometer bars, waiting to insert the next disk. All this tedium does serve one purpose, though. It reminds me to look for ways to relieve the boredom that such work brings. Otherwise, a job, and more importantly a career, can turn into an endless march of drudgery from one day to the next. [Continue Reading]

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Career-Op is an iTunes Top 100 Business podcast

A quick check today showed that Career Opportunities is currently #77 of the Top 100 business podcasts in Apple's podcast directory. WooHoo!

Considering how many podcasts are in the directory, this makes me feel pretty good. Thanks to all the subscribers who use iTunes. Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Tell your Ma! (SMILE)

If you usually listen to Career-Op directly from the web site, consider subscribing to the podcast via iTunes or your favorite podcatching client. Subscriber numbers, reviews and votes on Podcast Alley and other sites is a great way of letting me know you are listening.

Link: Podcast Alley
Link: Subscribe to Career-Op using iTunes

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Maintaining the relationship - from the archives

Time takes its toll on everything, including long-term working relationships. There is some truth in the old phrase, “familiarity breeds contempt.” Too often, consultants and clients can begin to take each other for granted. There is usually no dark purpose behind this, just the simple casualness that results from knowing one another for many years. There are ways, though, of counteracting the effects of time. Below are detailed a few ideas that can help you keep your long-term relationships on track. [Continue Reading]

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